East Texas family hopes for childhood cancer awareness this month
Childhood Cancer Awareness month is September. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Monday was the first day of childhood cancer awareness month, and one East Texas family is determined to spread the word about childhood cancer.
Their 5-year-old daughter named Becca was diagnosed when she was 2 years old. She went through chemotherapy and is now in remission, but the family says they feel awareness for this cancer isn't high enough.
"Not very much funding that goes for childhood cancer,” Kara Herring, one of Becca's relatives, said. There's not very much awareness and a lot of people don't realize that kids get cancer and kids die from cancer."
Each year nearly 14,000 children between the ages of birth and 19 are diagnosed with cancer. The color for childhood cancer awareness month is gold, and this family said they hope to see much more of it across East Texas during the coming weeks.
“It is the hardest thing. She didn't get to play in the dirt. So, while all the other kids are playing in the dirt, you've got to keep her by herself. When Becca runs a fever your first thought is does she have an infection? Is she going to die,” Herring continued.
There are many local and national organizations that accept donations for childhood cancer. The family said that as long as it supports research and funding for childhood cancer, it doesn't matter which one you choose.